Aphyosemion striatum

21. February 2012

Currently we have this beautiful fish bred by German breeders in stock. Sadly the killifish as a whole are often still regarded as sensitive, short living fishes that cannot be kept in community tanks. However, this is wrong. The Aphyosemion species that attach the eggs on substrates and hatch the eggs under water (in other species – the so-called annual species – the eggs have to be kept dry for a while) do live as comparatively long as other fish of similiar size, eg 2-3 years. A striatum belongs to the long-living group.

And the fish are not very sensitive. But they look only good when kept in the correct environment. The tank setup has to be quite dark and it should contain a lot of underwater plants. Now the fish feel safe and display their bright colours.

And finally: of course Aphyosemion are a bit shy and slow. So it is a very bad idea to keep them along with tough and fast swimming fish, like many cichlids or the Tiger barb. On the other hand, small and peaceful fish, like many tetras, rasboras, anabantoids or small catfish species are perfect tankmates for Aphyosemion striatum.

Hardness and pH are of lesser meaning for a successful keeping of these fish, but in general the water should be poor in bacteria and the pH should not be higher than 7.5. The water temperature can be between 22 and 28°C, the lower degrees should be preferred. Aphyosemion striatum feed on any type of regular ornamental fish food.

For our customers: the fish have code 314503 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Common name: Red Striped Killi

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Angaben zum Tier
Herkunft Nachzucht / bred
Verfügbare Größe in cm 4-5